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post #11 of 39 Old 08-13-2011, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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did a little rearranging also went rock hunting and got a couple (hundred pounds) that i liked.

im acutally a little scared that all the plants i bought from sweet aquatics wont fit in here now haha







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post #12 of 39 Old 08-13-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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next thing im doing is getting rid of the back ground haha, i hattteee it, but its the only one i had.
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post #13 of 39 Old 08-14-2011, 07:51 AM
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5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #14 of 39 Old 08-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Plain black construction paper that you can get at hobby/art supply type stores works fine. Inexpensive and very effective at making the rear wall disappear (more depth) plus plants and fish stand out.

One suggestion if I may, with the wood log in the front right corner, I would just turn it so it is coming out from the back corner rather than the front corner. It will also add a perception of more depth (front to back). Leave the rock and that end of the wood, just swing it to the back corner. I think you'll find it makes a vast difference.

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post #15 of 39 Old 08-16-2011, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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i did what you suggested, it was only 1 or 2 inches. but did make a difference.

i am concerened that the swords and larger plants i bought that i want to go in the back how much room do they need?

the piece of drift wood we are talking about is rather wide, and takes up probably 3/4 or more of the width on that side!

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post #16 of 39 Old 08-16-2011, 10:18 AM
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i am concerened that the swords and larger plants i bought that i want to go in the back how much room do they need?
Depends upon the species.

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2 ea. Echinodorus Bleheri (Amazon Sword) MED
1 ea. Echinodorus Angustifolia 'Vesuvius' Pot
1 ea. Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum)
1 ea. Ceratopteris Thalictroides ( Water Sprite )
1 ea. Echinodorus cordifolius (Radican) SM
2 ea. Echinodorus osiris 'Melon' MED
2 ea. Vallisneria Asiatica Var. Biwaensis (Corkscrew Val)
1 ea. Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)
1 ea. Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana)
2 ea. Echinodorus Tenellus (Narrow Leaf Chain Sword)
1 ea. Anubias barteri Var. Nana Narrowleaf Pot
1 ea. Vallisneria Americana var. Biwanesis (contortion val)
2 ea. Vallisneria Gigantea Marmor ( Red Jungle Val)
1 ea. Vallisneria Spiralis 'Leopard' (Italian Leopard Val)
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That will work in a 55g. Better to have more than few at the beginniing; as they settle and grow you can always remove some.

The pygmy chain sword will eventually require regular thinning; once settled (which can take a couple months sometimes) it will rapidly send out runners. I have this plant in all my tanks, and all from one plant I bought 3 years ago; it is superb as a small plant, grows rapidly, looks nice. I toss out clumps regularly.

The larger Vallisneria (last two) may do the same, and as they get very large, will need to be controlled. But I always think it is nicer to have to pull plants out rather than having them struggle and fail.

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thanks byron, quick question.

when i get all these plants in the tank, im thinking it would be ok to remove one of the marineland penguin 350s (i have two on it)

would that be correct?
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thanks byron, quick question.

when i get all these plants in the tank, im thinking it would be ok to remove one of the marineland penguin 350s (i have two on it)

would that be correct?
Yes, you want minimal filtration and flow.

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